TEN TIPS ON BEING A GREAT LEADER


#1 KNOW YOUR PEOPLE 

Watch them, be with them, talk to them, get out from behind your desk, how do you get stuff done, who can help you get stuff done

#2 GET REAL 

Really, are your people actually being real? Or saying something appropriate instead? What’s not working? No, really, what is not working?

#3 WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

Do you know? Did you remember to tell your team? Have things changed recently? 

#4 WHEN IS DONE, DONE?

What does the end look like? When is this task ticked off the to-do list?

#5 A BIT OF THANKS NEVER GOES AMISS

How do you say thank you? How do you show your appreciation? A pat on the back is all most of us need. A word of encouragement.

#6 GROW YOUR PEOPLE

No, don’t send them on a course...give them something to experience, then ask them questions about the experience. 

#7 KNOW THYSELF

How do people react to you? Do you take over? Do you know your own weaknesses and strengths? Who brought out the best in you? What qualities did they have? Do you share any of those qualities? 

#8 DON’T ROB PEOPLE OF THE CHANCE TO WORK STUFF OUT 
When I say this I mean don’t give them the answers, give them the questions - people love to design their own solutions. So don’t give them 4…give them 2+2 and ask them what it adds up to.
 
#9 LESS IS MORE
Don’t waffle on about stuff.  Zip your lips whenever possible.  Tell stories, but keep them tantalisingly brief. Remember you have two ears and one mouth; listen twice as much as you speak.
 
#10 LEARN FROM THE BEST
Look at the world’s best leaders and story tellers. Notice what makes them charismatic. Experiment with the same techniques yourself.